Thursday, March 23, 2006

Savoury Pooris

Maida Flour 1/2 lb
Cumin Seeds 1 Tsp
Pepper 1 tsp coarsely ground
coriander seend 1 Tbsp
Green chillies 5
Cloves or garlic 1
Salt to taste

Sieve the flour and salt together and cumin seeds and pepper. Grind garlic coriander and chillies and add to the floor. Rub little ghee intot he flour adding warm water gradually. Knead into stiff dough and make samll balls fo the dough and roll out into puris and fry in hot ghee or oirl. Do not roll and keep. Make two puris at a stretch.

Chow Chow Curry

Beans 1/2 kg
Caauliflower 1 large
Potatoes 4-5
Carrots 3-4
Red chillies 3
Coconut 1 small
Cinnamon 2-3
Cloves 2-3
Tamarind size of a marble
Pepper Corns 4-5
COriander 1 tsp seeds
Curry Leaves 10-12
Onions 2

Grate the coconut and fry it to a brown colour.Fry the chillies cinammon, cloves pepper and coriander seeds and curry leaves in a teaspoon of oil.Grind them to a smooth paste with coconut and tamarind.Cut up the vegetables and cook them in salted water. Slice and fry the onions to a golden brown colour.Mix the masala paste witht he vegetables and fried onions. Cook till the curry is quite thick. Serve hot with Chappatthis or puris.

Alooo ki roti

Wheat Flour 2lb
Potatoes 1lb
Onions 2
Green chillies 4
Coriander leaves 1 bunch
Ginger a small piece.
coriander seeds 1 teaspoon roasted and ground
Back Pepper 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground
Salt to taste

Chop onion green chillies, coriander leaves and garlic finely boil potatoes peel and chop them.
Heat a little ghee in a panand fry the onions till brown and add all the remaining ingerdients into this incluiding the potatoes and remove from the fire, cool and mash coarsely with a fork. Knead the flour with little wate ran a pinch of salt as for plain rotis. Make 8 equal portions of the potato stuffing. Roll out puris making 8 equal portions of the dough also. Place the stuffing in the centre of the puri. Hold bringing the edges to the center and then flatten the chapatthis and fry on a Tava.

Tomato Rice

Pulav Rice 2 Cups
Onions 2
Ghee 2-3 teaspoons
Tomato Juice 2 cups
Cooked green peas
Salt to taste

Heat ghee in a panand fry the sliced onions, add rice and fry to a light brown colour. Pour in the tomato juice and the rest of the ingredients adding a little water if the juice is not sufficient to cook the rice. Cover it with a ld and cook in the pressure cooker. Add cooked green peas after mixing well after removing from the cooker. Serve with curds and pickle.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Mysore Idlis

Vermacelli 1 1/2 lbs
Sooji (Semolin) 1/2 lbs
Curds 2 Cups
Ginger Piece 1 pod
Mustard 1 tbsp
Black Gram Dhal 1 1/2 Tbsp
Curry Leaves One twig
Corianger Leaves 1Tbsp Chopped
Hingu 1 pinch
Ghee 2 Tbsp or more
Cashewnuts 1 Cup
Salt to taste

Chop the green chillies finely and the cashewnuts coarsely. Heat ghee in a kadai and fry the bengal gram Dhal, mustard, chopped ginger, coprianderand curry leaves finely chopped,green chillies, cashewnuts and lastly fry vermacelli to light brown, add samolin and fry fopr a mixture. Remove from the fire and allow to cool. Mix the curd and enough water tomake a thick batter, adding hingu (asafoetida) and salt to taste. Leave to soak for 2 hours or more covered with a piece of cloth. Fill the idli katoris with this batter and steam in a idli steamer until done (7-10 minutes) Serve with coconut chutney and sambar.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Masala Brinjal Curry

Brinjals - 6 small
Coconut milk - 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Garlic 1 pod
Black Gram dhal - 2tbsp
Grated coconut 1/4 coconut
Ghee 3tbsp


Fry the above ingredients except coconut milk in a small quantity of ghee and grind to a fine paste. Remove the stalks from the brinjal and slit the quarters not cutting right through. Heat some ghee in a pan and pour in the coconut milk, water and salt. Put the brinjal in and cook until all the gravy is absorbed. Remove from the fire and fill in the masala, fry the brinjals carefully in ghee or oil and serve immediately.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Quick Dahi Vada

4 Cloves
Bread 1 lb

Gram Flour 1 lb
1 Small Onion
Curds 4 Tbsp.

Cumin Seeds (Jeera) 2 Tbsp.
Red Chilli Powder 1/2 Tbsp.
1 Bunch coriander leaves
1 Ginger

Oil to fry

Cut the bread into square pieces of medium size, say 1/4 inch thick. Roast the cumin seeds and cloves on a tava. Grind this finely into a powder and keep aside.Cut the onions, green chillies, ginger and coriander leaves and grind them into a smooth paste. Keep Dahi ready with salt. Mix all of the above adding water and make a thick mixture as you would make for pakoras.

Heat Ghee in a Kadai, dip the pieces of bread carefully in the mixture one at a time and fry in oil. Put all these pieces in the seasoned curd when cool, sprinkle powdered masala and chilli powder. Fry mustard seeds in ghee when they crackle pour the vadais.and you vadais are ready.

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